De Haan Altes Selection
In addition to working with his wife Núria Altés on their ambitious joint project in Terra Alta, Herència Altés, Rafael De Haan has spent the last 10 years sourcing wines across Spain for his excellent négociant business, Bodegas Abanico. In the process he fell in love with the diverstiy of Spanish terroir, especially some lesser-known appellations and unusual varietals. This inspired him to launch the De Haan Altés Custom Cuvées project; Rafael partners with local winemakers he has known for years to craft unique, exceptionally-made cuvees that are the ultimate expressions of their respective terroirs.
Recently he also launched the Experimental range, which allows him to explore different winemaking methods such as extended skin contact and whole-bunch fermentation in limited-quantity cuvees. Although they cover a number of regions in Spain, Rafael`s wines are all marked by a sense of regional authenticity, varietal character, and drinkability. He continues to search for unique terroirs across to craft new wines, and whether it is uncovering an obscure varietal and region, like the El Becario Rufete from Sierra de Salamanca, or crafting something special from a classic region, such as the organic Lo Patinet from Montsant, we plan to be with him every step of the way. We simply cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.